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Rain-drenched Midwest to see little drying

07/25/2010 @ 11:00pm

Wet weather early in the weekend capped off what was an incredibly wet week of weather for a lot of the Midwest. Not much rain has fallen in the Corn Belt over the past 24 hours, but the 48 hour period ending Sunday morning featured extensive rain across much of the region and some of it was very heavy. 

No more was that the case than in northeastern Iowa and far northern Illinois, areas where radar is estimating that some places saw six to eight inches of rain (and one can confirm an actual total of more than six inches at Chicago in that period). That rain simply added on to the big totals that same area saw late in the work-week period of last week. 

Radar estimates that an area from east of Waterloo to near Dubuque to just south of Rockford picked up 8-10+ inches of rain over the past five days; towns such as Oelwein in Iowa and Freeport in Illinois appear to have been especially hard-hit by the rains (which were responsible for a dam breaking on the Maquoketa River at Lake Delhi in Iowa). 

The Midwest got a break from the rain yesterday, and much of this work-week period is not looking too wet either. The biggest rain threat in that period will be coming for Tuesday night and into Wednesday when a cool front pushes into the region. Strong storms with that front may produce some locally heavy rains in northern parts of the region, but anything close to what we had last week is not in the cards. 

The chances for a more widespread rainfall event for the Midwest will arrive late in this work-week period through early next week. One can find weather models that really want to hit the Midwest hard with rainfall again in that period, but there is clearly not 100 percent agreement on that forecast. 

There will be heat around the Midwest from time to time but nothing that looks too extreme. Tomorrow will be a day with a lot of 90+ degree heat in the region, and still 90s on Wednesday south of Interstate 80. 

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